3 upcycling ideas that all the family can try this EasterBy Lynne Lambourne

Struggling to think of fun things to do with the kids over the spring holidays? Don’t worry, Gumtree has your back!

This Easter, we have teamed up with the lovely home, interior and upcycling blogger Lynne Lambourne (LoveNellie.co.uk) to create some quick-and-easy upcycling tips that all the family can do together!

With family trips coming at huge expense during the holidays, why not try something crafty that won’t break the bank? Upcycling is a fun family activity and is a great way to boost creativity. Better still, you don’t have to be an expert DIYer to get involved because Lynne’s tips have been designed specifically for children and novices. Okay, it may get a little messy, but we guarantee the kids will just love getting stuck in and they’ll be over the moon with whatever they create!

That’s not all, the best thing about upcycling is that you don’t even have to worry about venturing out into the cold, windy weather. Simply grab something you have lying around the home and transform it into something quirky, practical and personal that you’ll use again and again. If you’re struggling to find anything to use, there’s heaps of stuff Gumtree that you can buy at the click of a button.

So why not have a flick through some of Lynne’s fantastic ideas, grab a paintbrush and let your creative side run free? Upcycling is not just for the young’uns!

Vintage crate bookshelves

With tablets and phones as a constant distraction these days, we all want to encourage our kids to read books a lot more. This bookcase is really simple to and cheap to make. I suggest using vintage crates to make these. Simply stack them up on each other. If you want something a little different, why not paint or decorate them to match your room! Easy peasy.

Source: Flickr- lkonstanski

Transform old furniture with chalk paint

This is a fun and simple upcycling project that your kids will definitely love. Start off by finding a vintage bedside table or desk on Gumtree and then use chalk paint to transform it to something beautiful. There are lots of old pine furniture you can get on your hands on and with a little bit of paint and new handles you will have yourself an amazing addition to your child’s room. What’s also great is that chalk paint is completely washable, so you can rest easy when using it with your kids.

Source: Flickr- Mariposas furniture

Cool novelty toy lamp

Like me, you probably have a lot of old toys lying around the house. You don’t need to throw them away, they can have a second life as a cool novelty lamp base. It’s pretty easy. Firstly, find a standard lamp base on Gumtree (and some toys if you don’t have any at home).

Using super glue, bind the toys to the base, building them up to create a pile. Once the glue is dry, spray paint it with your favourite colour. I love the gold!